Throughout history, the struggle for labor equity has been a catalyst for change and reform. Despite these efforts to move forward, there is still much to be done and much that we can learn from studying the past. Join Salem State University Professor of History Dr. Aviva Chomsky, Ipswich Town Historian Gordon Harris, and Visitor Services Supervisor at Lawrence Heritage State Park Jim Beauchesne to discuss the history of workforce strikes and protests in Essex County and the struggle for equitable labor practices, especially in immigrant communities. By looking at two examples from the early 20th century – the “Bread and Roses” Strike and the Ipswich Hosiery Mills Strike – we will examine how we are still fighting against the issues of inequity and unfair treatment of laborers today.
Following the talk will be a moderated Q&A, with questions from the audience.